In 1996, filmmakers Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent made a $50,000 film only to be turned down by every festival. So they organized a festival of their own - it featured their film and fifteen other starless, low-budget indies.
Imagine this scenario: You recently got divorced, are now a single mother, your father has passed away and you are running a startup. You have exactly six weeks of funding left when your business partner has a heart to heart conversation where he politely bows out of the business.
Going to a club and handing a cute lesbian a flyer that says, "Come to our fundraising event!" feels so basic compared with treating your movie like a person, giving it a Twitter handle, and then wondering, "What would my movie tweet today? What does it have to say?"
As we approach the Oscars, another film based on our 16th president, Saving Lincoln, has been nurtured into life by a team of filmmakers who approached it with a unique vision and a desire to create a kind of film no one had ever seen before.
I object to the idea that the personal and the political have nothing to do with each other. I suspect it is precisely this divided consciousness that makes for a political culture as brutal, unkind and ineffective as the one we endure today.
Sometimes I can't help myself, and I do the worst thing imaginable in modern society. I read comments online. I'm not proud, but I've found some recurring themes about me and my new movie, God Bless America, that I'd like to address.
Now that Kickstarter has become a permanent fixture of the independent film community, it can be difficult to sift through all of the projects on offer. To help you narrow it down, here are my picks for five films worth donating to this month.
Mullen, who did triple-duty on the film -- actor, producer, and soundtrack supervisor -- recently talked to us about his "baptism by fire," his acting method, and what it was like to work with an icon.
On the one hand, we want to preserve our natural environment; on the other, everything we do to grow our economy and preserve our standard of living disrupts the natural environment and our relationships with it.
It is not enough to be entertained with acclaimed performances for their own sake, we deserve meaningful, well constructed films that give us a little insight that we didn't have when we walked into the theatre..